McGuinty Government Helps Over 56,000 Students Find Summer Jobs

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McGuinty Government Helps Over 56,000 Students Find Summer Jobs

Ministry of Colleges and Universities

Programs Strengthen The Skills And Experience Of Ontario's Youth TORONTO, March 29 - The Ontario government is helping over 56,000 young people find jobs or start their own business through Ontario Summer Jobs, Chris Bentley, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, announced today. "Helping our youth acquire the skills and experience they will need for the future is a priority for our government," said Bentley. "The programs and services offered through Ontario Summer Jobs help young people get some insight into the working world, and provide them with valuable experience that will help them as they consider future career options." The government is investing almost $52 million in Ontario Summer Jobs this year to help young people ages 15 to 24, or up to 29 for persons with disabilities, find work. Ontario Summer Jobs runs from April to September and offers a range of programs and services, including a summer jobs service which offers a $2 per hour hiring incentive for businesses and community organizations to hire students for up to 16 weeks. The Summer Company program provides students with up to $3,000 to help them start up and run their own summer business. Jobs are also available in provincial government ministries and agencies. "Our government believes that our youth represent the future of our province," added Bentley. "By supporting summer employment, we are helping students pursue opportunities that could contribute to their future success." Information about the various programs and services and how to apply for them is available on the ministry's website at www.edu.gov.on.ca, or the Ontario government's youthjobs.gov.on.ca site, and by calling the JobGrow Hotline at 1-888-JobGrow or (416) 326-5656 in Toronto. Disponible en français www.edu.gov.on.ca www.resultsontario.gov.on.ca Backgrounder ONTARIO SUMMER JOBS PROVIDES WORK EXPERIENCE FOR STUDENTS Ontario Summer Jobs makes effective use of resources to help young people looking for work. While students can apply throughout the summer, some specialized programs have an earlier application deadline. Information about a particular summer program and how to apply is available on the ministry's website at www.edu.gov.on.ca, or the Ontario government's youthjobs.gov.on.ca site, and by calling the JobGrow Hotline at 1-888-JobGrow or (416) 326-5656 in Toronto. ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Program Description Who can apply Duration of work or services ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Summer Jobs Free job-search Students and Free job-search and Service and self- youth aged 15 to self-marketing marketing 24, or up to 29 services are services are years for available available to help persons with throughout the young people find disabilities, year. and keep jobs. planning to return to school in the fall. $2/hour hiring Businesses and Hiring incentive incentive is community for jobs that can available for organizations last up to 16 weeks jobs with can apply to is available from businesses and receive the April to farms, as well as hiring September 30. with not-for- incentive. profit and other community organizations. ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Summer Helps students Students aged 15 Businesses run Company start up and run to 29, returning during the summer. their own summer to school in businesses. September 2006. It offers hands- on business coaching, mentoring and awards up to $3,000. ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Summer Jobs are Youth aged 15 to Jobs last about Experience available with 24, or up to six to eight Program Ontario 29 years for weeks. government persons with ministries and disabilities. agencies, as well as community groups. (Including Ontario Rangers Students born in Jobs last eight Ontario work in 1989. weeks and can Rangers) wilderness camps start in late June and other remote or early July. locations. ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Ontario Jobs are Students. Jobs last up to 16 Government available with weeks. Regular Ontario Summer government Student ministries and Hiring agencies. ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Ontario/ Jobs are Ontario Jobs last 13 Quebec available with residents who weeks. Summer Quebec government are full-time Student Job ministries and university Exchange agencies. students and Program 18 years of age or older at the start of the program. ------------------------------------------------------------------------- ---------------------------------------------------------- Program When to apply Number of Government clients investment ($ millions) ---------------------------------------------------------- Summer Jobs Beginning 14,160 young $27.56 Service April 3, 2006. people learning how to find jobs. 35,165 young people in jobs receiving a $2/hour hiring incentive. ---------------------------------------------------------- Summer The closing 250 jobs $0.75 Company date for applications is April 10, 2006. ---------------------------------------------------------- Summer From April to 4,028 jobs $8.4 Experience May. Program (Including The closing Ontario date for Rangers) applications is March 31, 2006. ---------------------------------------------------------- Ontario Between April 3,000 jobs $14.4 Government and June. Regular Summer Student Hiring ---------------------------------------------------------- Ontario/ Applications 48 jobs $0.43 Quebec were to have Summer been submitted Student Job by February 28, Exchange 2006. Program ---------------------------------------------------------- TOTAL 56,651 $51.54 ---------------------------------------------------------- Contact: Tanya Blazina Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities 416-325-2746 Disponible en français www.edu.gov.on.caFor further information: Jen Norman, Minister's Office, (416) 326-1615; Tanya Blazina Communications Branch, (416) 325-2746; Public Inquiries: (416) 325-2929 or 1-800-387-5514, TTY: 1-800-263-2892